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The Red Panda

Updated on September 11, 2014

Red Panda's Habitat, Characteristics, Food Habit, Lifestyle, Reproduction, Threats, Conservation, and Pictures

The red panda is one of the rarest animals on earth. Have you heard of it before? Yes, you have seen it in the Mozilla Firefox's logo and the famous kung fu panda movie character as master Shifu. It belongs to Mammal species and similar to raccoon, panda and domestic cat. The size of the red panda is smaller than usual panda. It usually has three colors red, black and white.

What if you see an animal that has long busy tail? Red panda has a long bushy tail, with this bushy tail red pandas cover or wrap its body. Red panda is about 40 inches long, so it is not just like a giant panda. We Asians are proud of this beautiful animal. Asia is an amazing continent where you can find this cute red panda. Do you want to see wild red panda? To see real wild red panda you must come to eastern Asia. Let's go explore more about the red panda.

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Look! Red Panda is Famous

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Red panda can be found only in eastern part of Asia that consists of:

1) China

2) Nepal

3) Bhutan

4) Myanmar

5) India

Red pandas live in the cool temperate mountain bamboo forests at altitudes of 1,800 - 4,000 m (6,000 - 13,200 ft). In China, Sichuan and Yunnan are two provinces they can be found mostly. They are also found in Himalaya region and northern part of Myanmar.

They make nests in tree holes, branch forks, tree roots and bamboo thickets. They become active in the evening and during the night while during day time they usually rest.

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Japan Sazac Original Kigurumi Pajamas - Halloween Costume - Red Panda

Are you looking for a unique Halloween costume? If so then you can wear this red panda costume on Halloween and be unique!

Red Panda Kigurumi - Adult Halloween Costume Pajama (One Size Fits All)
Red Panda Kigurumi - Adult Halloween Costume Pajama (One Size Fits All)

It could be a great gift idea for anyone who celebrate Halloween. It is Japanese product made of high quality fiber. Grab it soon before other grab it.


A baby Red Panda with its Mom

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Characteristics of Red Panda

There are some major characteristics of a Red panda. Please look below.

  1. It is found only in eastern part of Asia
  2. It is a mammal type of animal
  3. Eating habit is Herbivorous
  4. It has brown fur with distinct white marks on its face and tail
  5. It has a bushy tail and uses it for covering body and for balancing
  6. Generally red panda weights 8 to 12 pounds
  7. Lifespan of red panda is 8 to 15 years old
  8. Red panda's breeding frequency 1 or 2 years

Two Red Pandas are sleeping in a tree

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Red panda's main food is bamboo

Master Shifu from kung fu panda Movie

Have you ever thought that a red panda can be a famous animated movie character? Yes! I think you have all watched the animated movie Kung fu panda. Master shifu is one of the main charterers of kung fu panda movie, who is the master of Po and the Furious Five.

Master Shifu's Quote: If you are truly at peace, you can do anything

Kung Fu Panda Shifu 12" Plush Doll
Kung Fu Panda Shifu 12" Plush Doll

It is a cute plush doll! Don't you think so? Actually Kung fu panda is a famous movie and your little kids love to watch this movie over again and again. You can present this cute plush doll to your kids, she or he will be very happy.


Food Habit

I like eating bamboo shoots. It is one of the most popular dishes in Asia. It is always yummy to have fresh bamboo shoots as well as dried bamboo shoots. I think you will not be surprised to know that red panda's main food is bamboo too. It eats bamboo leaves, small branches and bamboo shoots. The different thing is we cook bamboo shoots while red panda eats it raw. Except eating bamboo, a mature red panda also eats blossoms, eggs, barriers, nuts, fruits, and small leaves. Red panda's cubs eat bamboo only until they become mature.

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Yummy bamboo leaves! It is my favorite! Haha..

Red Panda eating bamboo leaves

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Lifestyle and Reproduction

Red panda's life style is normal. They don't hunt like a cheetah, lion, and tiger. They are calm and cool animal. They spent most of time in their life in the tree. Red panda's main food is bamboo, though they eat flowers, leaves, eggs. They love sleeping in there with their babies. It is noted that young red panda's grow relatively slowly than other animals.

Red panda has been marked as rarest animal on earth. Reproduction process of a red panda is very slow. They grow slowly and they take much time to give birth to new baby. Red panda's gestation period is about four months; they fully need 4 months for gestation.

Generally breeding season starts from fall through winter. That's the ideal time for breeding season and they give birth in spring and summer. They tend to be more shy and solitary except when mating. Red panda's baby remains in the nest for about 90 days or more.

Baby red panda remains and stays close to its mother until the next mating season starts. As red panda grows slowly, a baby red panda reaches its adult life after 12 months and a young red panda becomes sexually mature at 18 months. One mature red panda have a long gestation period, it may takes 135 days or more.

Baby Red Panda in a tree

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Red Panda Plush Toys - These are my favorite red panda plush toys

You know red panda is a cute animal! Plush toys lovers have chance to collect red panda plush toys. All you have to do is - search good looking red panda plush toy from shop or online I hope you will find out your best one that you like most.

Wildlife Artists Panda Plush Toy, Red
Wildlife Artists Panda Plush Toy, Red

This is a very adorable red panda plush toys produced by Wild Life Artist.

Wild Republic Cuddlekins 12" Red Panda
Wild Republic Cuddlekins 12" Red Panda

Wild Republic has produced this cute red panda plush toy. It is made of finest of fabrics.


A yawning red panda

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Chinese Red Panda Mug

Hello Animal lovers! I have a mug for you.

Red panda's tail is about 37 to 47 cm

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How to save Red Pandas? - Important tips for saving Red panda

We can save and preserve Red panda by -

  1. Providing their foods such as bamboo
  2. Planting more bamboo trees where red panda lives
  3. Stopping and controlling deforestation
  4. Taking care of unhealthy red pandas
  5. Building social awareness and responsibility
  6. Forming and gathering charity funds
  7. Getting rid of animal hunters
  8. Imposing strict laws
  9. Announcing a special zone where there will be an authority taking care of red pandas
  10. Investing on red panda reproduction and research

Master Shifu Plush Toys - is Master Shifu!

Do you like the character Master shifu from Kung fu panda? If you are a fan of master shifu i guess you would like to have a plush toys of him! That's a great idea, you can keep the plush toys with you.

Kung Fu Panda Master Shifu 12" Plush
Kung Fu Panda Master Shifu 12" Plush

I am the Master Shifu from the Kung Fu Panda movie. Do you like me?

Master Shifu Plush Toy - Kung Fu Panda Plush Toy (11")
Master Shifu Plush Toy - Kung Fu Panda Plush Toy (11")

Do you want to learn Kung Fu from me, if so get ready!


Don't worry i am not gonna fall down

The Red Panda

Image credit: Sander van der Wel

Critter Cap Plush Red Panda Hat - Want to be a red panda?

Would you like to wear this red panda hat in winter?

Critter Cap Plush Red Panda Hat
Critter Cap Plush Red Panda Hat

I have got a great gift for Halloween! I think a red panda hat could be a great gift for celebrating Halloween with all.

This is not an expensive gift idea for you. Your little kids would like to wear this cute red panda hat, I bet you.



Red pandas have suffered from habitat loss because deforestation. Their living places are decreasing day by day. We are destroying their home cause we want to produce more food and cultivating more agricultural land.

The panda has also been exploited for its fur. Hat has been made from the lustrous fur. In Yunnan province of China, newlyweds desire red panda fur hats. That traditionally symbolizes a happy marriage.

Image credit: Tambako the Jaguar

Red Panda Weigh

Males weigh: 3.7 to 6.2 kg

Female weigh: 3 to 6.0 kg

I am worried about our future! Are we going to be abolished? Please SAVE US.

Red Panda

Image credit: Tambako the Jaguar

Ideal temperature for Red panda is 17 to 25 °C


In China red pandas population have undergone a decline of around 40 percent over the last 50 years. There are approximately 3,000-10,000 red pandas left in the whole world. So we must take care of them.

There are some organizations which are working hard for saving red pandas from endanger. All the countries where red pandas are found have planned to protect red pandas. Nowadays, red pandas are bred in more than 35 zoos all over the world.

Image credit: Tambako the Jaguar

Kung Fu Panda Movies - Kung Fu Panda Movies are Together in one DVD!

Kung Fu Panda Two-Disc Blu-ray Boxed Set (Kung Fu Panda / Kung Fu Panda 2 / Secrets of the Masters)
Kung Fu Panda Two-Disc Blu-ray Boxed Set (Kung Fu Panda / Kung Fu Panda 2 / Secrets of the Masters)

Are you a big fan of Kung fu panda movie? I guess it is better to have both movies in one DVD. Collect it and watch it.


Books on Red Panda

Do you want discover more about the red panda? There are some books you can read. You can get idea how a red panda behave, their history, conservation, ecology and many more.

Red Pandas (Paws and Claws)
Red Pandas (Paws and Claws)

The author Sara Swan Miller has described everything you need to know about red panda. It was published in January 30, 2008.


Your small amount of donation can save thousands of red pandas life.

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Purpose of this lens is to create awareness and preserve this beautiful Red Panda. As a result we can maintain a great natural balance between humanity and wildlife itself.

"Let's make a beautiful planet"

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    • ToxicFreeClub profile image

      ToxicFreeClub 3 years ago

      What an adorable animal. Nice lens

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great lens! Enjoyed reading about the Red Panda.

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      GetPhotographic 3 years ago

      Like many people I had never heard of a Red Panda and it is such a beautiful animal. Thanks for showing us this!

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      Niagara Ghosts 3 years ago

      I learned a lot, seeing I didn't even know these existed. How cute they are!!!

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      I could use a red panda in my garden, the bamboo is way out of control. I don't think I'll be able to adopt one for bamboo eating though!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful animal. I've never seen one. They look so much like a fox. Thanks for sharing the photos and info.

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      dwelburn 3 years ago

      Yes these are lovely animals. I did not know they were so rare, and I did not know they were herbivorous. I guess I assumed they would be omnivorous because of their teeth.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      They are beautiful animals! I didn't know there was a red panda until now. I so enjoyed this lens!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      This was a really great lens, I'd never heard of the red panda until now! It's so cute, I would love to see one in real life!

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      seahorse60 4 years ago

      I have never seen a red panda but I would love to, they're so cute! Thanks for making us aware that they're endangered and we must do all we can to save them.

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      meggingmad 4 years ago

      I`ve seen them in Amsterdam Zoo, kept in excellent condition. Such beautiful animals. Love your lens!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      We have these interesting animals at the Minnesota Zoo, Thanks for the information!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are so cute! I didn't know anything about them either!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Up to now I thought that same Red Panda was a Fox I really did now I know better thanks for the information about this lovely animal too.

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      Egils Petersons 4 years ago from Latvia

      Beautiful Red Panda, nice lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Never ever heard of this animal before. Very interesting!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      Just visiting again...

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      being_suman 4 years ago

      awesome lens.I have seen red panda once while went to Darjeeling Zoo.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      One of the cutest animals . I never knew one could be found in India too. You are totally right we all need to do something to same them . Thanks for sharing this.

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      Yamin Joe 4 years ago

      What a beautiful animal! I have seen small Pandas and big pandas of black and white colors, but never saw a red Panda. Thank you for sharing.

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      tricksplace 4 years ago

      I've never seen a Red Panda before! Too adorable!!!!!!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      So cute.... I just want to huge my computer...ooohhh.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Thank you so much for helping to raise awareness for the Red Panda. Your information is great too and I loved the wonderful photos. Great work, takkhis!

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      josietook 4 years ago

      Beautiful creatures!!

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      Another lovely lens takkhis! Fantastic photos :) There are red pandas in Melbourne Zoo but I hadn't realised they were so endangered before now.

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      number43 4 years ago

      Sooooo cute:)

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      jasmints 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about the red panda! :)

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      ryanagv 4 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. I had no clue about these animals and plan on seeing it one day!

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a lovely lens. Thank you for sharing you knowledge of the Red Panda.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I really enjoyed reading about the red panda. Didn't even know they existed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Interesting information on red pandas. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Interesting information on red pandas. Thanks.

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      kiwikitkat 4 years ago

      Love these cute pandas. Great lens.

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      kiwikitkat 4 years ago

      Love these cute pandas. Great lens.

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      rainykua 4 years ago

      I have seen a red panda for the first time in Ocean Park Hong Kong. I think they're really cute. I hope they won't go extinct 'cause I'd love my future grandchildren to see them.

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      amosvee 4 years ago

      I love it. I am lucky to live near the Detroit Zoo, where I am able to see red pandas. Cute!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      You made me fall in love with this most rare and super cute creature.

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      Amanda_Revel 4 years ago

      Excellent lens and great pictures the red pandas do look very cute.

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      Oussmanee 4 years ago

      very good lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very informative and interesting lens-

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very informative and interesting lens-

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Shared where possible. Thanks for the highlight!

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      The red panda is a beautiful animal and I love the critter cap. Thanks for all the great information!

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Red Panda is so cute! Thanks for this cool lens!

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      very nice lens

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      Arod17 4 years ago

      thanks for teaching me something new I never knew there was an animal named the red panda

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      It really is a special animal. We saw them when we visited the National Zoo in Washington, but as we wrote in our travel review on Squidoo, the darn creatures kept their backs to us the entire time! Thanks for sharing!

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      MikJay 4 years ago

      They are certainly really cute. We have them at our local zoo.

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      donjohnsonis lm 4 years ago

      I saw some Red Panda in northern India near Nepal, last year. Great lens with lots of information.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I remember the first Red Panda I saw, it was in a ride through an area of the Bronx Zoo that was supposed to be as like their habitat as was sleeping in a tree. Congrats on being selected by the Editor for the Day and do have a nice Memorial Day weekend!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was here a while back but returning to congratulate you on your Red Panda being honored by the Editor for a Day!

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      did not know they were in trouble but will share this and visit WWF to make a donation or adopt one of those adorable creatures :) thank you for sharing this. Namaste`

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      Gaby81 4 years ago

      Never heard of the Red Panda. Really cute animal and a nice made lens. Congrats for the Purple Star, is really amazing.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent lens, well-deserving of tht Purple Star! Congratulations! As I read down the page, questions occurred to me...and as I kept reading, you kept answering them. But I still have one. Does the Red Panda actually share DNA, or just the name, with the larger black and white animal called Panda? The Red Panda is definitely a cute appealing animal...and those plush toys look like great Christmas gifts!

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      Yoursanity 4 years ago

      They have these in a zoo near my house, great little guys.

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      StrongMay 4 years ago

      The red panda is one of the cutest animals on the planet! I'm happy to be familiar with these animals, mostly from zoos, though.

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      jericho911 lm 4 years ago

      Love this lens ! It reminds me a little of the sun bear that we have at the columbus zoo.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      These are great animals, I've enjoyed seeing them at zoos a few times.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Pandas are one of my favorite animals! Great lens!

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      SamJourney 4 years ago

      I only know Panda from China, and I never knew the existence of Red Panda!

      Thanks for such informative post

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi takkhis, great information on the red panda. Thanks for sharing.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Such a cute animal and I love the panda pjs/costumes too.

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      Great lens. I didn't know anything about the Red Panda. Very informative.

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      Alan Katz 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for this lens. I didn't know a lot of this.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      The red panda is adorable! Love all the photos and great information.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Red Panda is a cute animal... I don't know that Red Panda exists until I read your lens. You have great pictures and presentation... Thanks for sharing!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Red Panda is a cute animal... I don't know that Red Panda exists until I read your lens. You have great pictures and presentation... Thanks for sharing!

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      mdfroze 4 years ago

      good one

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very awesome lens!

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      awesome lens! I had no idea there was a red panda! He is so small, too! He is so cute! My daughter, adult now, loves pandas. I will show her this lens! :D

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      I worked at the zoo last summer, here in Des Moines, and they have two red pandas. I loved watching them. They're very beautiful animals.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Gorgeous little creatures! All of our wildlife is in danger and we do need to save it.

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      I've seen red pandas at a zoo once. They are amazing. Great lens.

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      Who would have thought Firefox's logo animal wasn't a fox!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great lens. I wish I can see them one day.

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      RajlakshmiHB 4 years ago

      they are so cute :D nice lens

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great lens. Love your pictures.

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      Elis173 4 years ago

      Wooow i love it! I didn't know that the Firefox's logo was the red panda

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Gorgeous lens and would have blessed it if allowed. Can't understand people killing such a beautiful animal for a stupid hat. Then again they think of nature as simply being there for their exploitation. Hugs

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      wilsonkht 4 years ago

      Very cute red panda. Thank for sharing.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've heard of a red panda but now I know much more than I did about them - thanks!

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      Sadheeskumar 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Incidentally, I have just watched Kung Foo Panta movie

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      worldflashpacker 4 years ago

      No wonder I've never seen one, didn't realize they are so rare. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This really is a magnificent lens.

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      It is so cute animal.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just got this treasure FB liked.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I also didn't know Firefox's logo was a Red Panda, always thought it was a Red Fox. The Red Panda has a similarity to the Red Fox as well as the cat, raccoon and and panda. It seems like they are looking to us for help in the pictures....just kinda calling to us. Loss of habitat is such an important issue as we impose ourselves and I really think artificial fur can serve just as well in the case of these cuties. Beautifully presented in every way and very educational...nicely done and congratulations on your lovely purple star!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I didn't know that the Firefox's logo was the red panda.

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information. Nice picture collection of red panda.

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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      I never seen red panda great lens

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      stick-man lm 4 years ago

      Cool little critters! I did not know that the firefox logo was a red panda, neat!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      As I said before I'd heard of a red panda but never seen one...oh so cute. They are beautiful!

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      The black and white panda is certainly the more popular of the two. The red panda is less well-known and I haven't seen one before either.

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      Roberto Eldrum 4 years ago

      My local zoo got a Red Panda for the first time in our country. After reading your lens, I'm more excited to see him. And just as you said, more determined to preserve it. Shared it to Pinterest!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Tons of information that I didn't know. Thanks for creating it. Blessed.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      stunning pictures and detailed information on red panda. i love this lens.

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      InfoCoop 4 years ago

      I've seen these at several zoos but had no idea they were so rare. The giant pandas (equally adorable and fascinating) seem to get all the press. Thanks for any informative and enjoyable page.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I've only seen Red Pandas at the zoo, and even then only briefly.

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      AmbitiousSquid 4 years ago

      I never knew that about the Firefox logo. Nice lens!